Printing a book is a huge milestone for any author and a significant undertaking for any organization. It’s a complex process that can prove daunting and overwhelming, particularly if you’re doing this for the first time.

Whether you’re prepping a work of fiction, a biography, a textbook, or a catalog, there are certain things you should do first to ensure the project is ready for print.

Here are just 5 things to do before printing your book:

  1. Edit – Then Edit Again

After you’ve meticulously edited every word on every page yourself (online tools like Grammarly are invaluable), it’s time to have your book professionally edited. A trained editor can help you correct grammar and spelling mistakes, improve readability, and ensure that copy flows properly. Typos, misspellings, and poor punctuation cause your credibility to take a hit. Avoid unnecessary mistakes and ensure your book is well received by its audience.

  1. Check Your Formatting

Double-check the alignment of your text, margins, font size, and spacing. Not confident with your formatting skills? Consider hiring a professional. A well-formatted book makes a world of difference in the look and feel of your finished product.

  1. Choose Your Style

Most printing services provide a variety of formats to choose from, including paperback, hardcover, and even e-books. Each has its advantages and disadvantages, so do your due diligence and read up on the options available to you. It’s important to opt for the format that makes the most sense for your content, target audience, and – of course – budget.

  1. Consider Your Cover

It’s been said one shouldn’t judge a book by its cover – which is true, in almost every other situation other than printing an actual book. Your cover is the first impression an audience will have of your hard work. Make sure it’s what you want and need it to be. A book’s cover should be aesthetically appealing and relevant to the content it surrounds. Outsourcing your cover illustration to a designer may help you capture your book’s essence more quickly.

  1. Hire an Expert Digital Book Printer

Short-run digital book printing allows your business, organization, or you alone, to print the books you need when you need them using state-of-the-art digital printing equipment. The digital printing process produces high-quality, fully customizable books that will make the most of your budget while eliminating waste and captivating your audience.

You don’t need to settle for just any printer that can print and bind a book. Partner with a true digital printing service provider who has been manufacturing books for many years and can walk you through their signature process step by step.

Gasch Printing specializes in short runs of digitally printed books that eliminate the hassle and cash outlay of traditional offset printing. Our quality and comprehensive preflight checks make certain your files are optimized for quality and our top-of-the-line, high-volume printers consistently deliver enhanced color consistency, exemplary image quality, and faster turnaround times that work with your budget. Contact our team today to learn more about our services.